Pali Blog

Protect Public Lands

REI Staff // May 12, 2017
Guest Blog

It doesn't matter if you are a hiker, a hunter, a fisher, a biker, a paddler, republican, democrat or neither. We can find common ground in the outdoors. #UnitedOutside

Over the last four weeks, we have spoken up and united across divides for our public lands. You’ve sent a strong message to the U.S. Department of the Interior that our national monuments matter. If you haven’t submitted your comments to the Department of the Interior yet, you can still do it: www.unitedforpubliclands.com 

Our country’s public lands define who we are. These are the places where we work, where we play and where we connect to our shared history. Now is the time to stand up for these places—places that help us live a life outdoors.

Right now, the Department of the Interior, headed by Secretary Ryan Zinke, is undertaking an unprecedented review of 27* national monuments established by presidents from both parties since 1996, including the San Gabriel Mountains in California, Craters of the Moon in Idaho, and Bears Ears in Utah. More than 11 million acres of national public land are at stake.

The Department of the Interior wants to hear from you. And we want to make it easy for you to speak up.

If you’ve ever explored a national monument, if your job depends on a monument, if your family or community benefits because it’s near these majestic outdoor spaces—or if you have a deep love for our national parks and forests and want them protected—share your story. Full Article: http://blog.rei.com/stewardship/protect-public-lands/